Set to suit up for Tigers are Marvin Lee, Steve Akomo, Zachary Huang, Enrique Caunan, Henri Subido, Mario Bonleon Jr., CJ Cansino, Kenneth Zamora, Ferdinand Asuncion, Nat Cosejo, Joshua Marcos, Toby Agustin, and Ira Battaler.Sky Cable intends to keep the core of its lineup from the Iloilo Governor’s Cup National Invitational Basketball Championships led by MVP Willie Miller and mythical team members Rodrigue Ebondo and Mark Yee.Also in the roster are Hubert John Ferriols, Christian Kakonda, Chito Jaime, Allan Mangahas, Leomar Losentes, Ricardo Cawaling, Felix Apreku, Rudy Lingganay, Andrei Pantin, and Mel Mabigat.Admission to the exhibition match is free. The event is part of Bingawan’s Foundation Day and Pagnahian Festival celebration./PN UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers will test its revamped lineup when it faces Sky Cable-Iloilo in an exhibition match on June 19 at the gymnasium of Bingawan, Iloilo.The game set at 5 p.m. will follow the championship match of the Bingawan Foundation Cup National Preseason High School Basketball Premier Tournament at 3 p.m.Tigers head coach Aldin Ayo said the match will help the team further develop chemistry as the players prepare for the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball season in September.“The team is still a work in progress and games like this will be helpful,” Ayo said. “Since we are also in Bingawan, we will take this opportunity for our team-building (activity).”
The upcoming MotoGP 2020 round takes place this weekend at Automotodrom Brno for the Czech GP and Petronas Yamaha SRT plans to not only conquer but also extend their lead in the championship as well as team standings thanks to their two riders, Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli.With a perfect start to the season so far for Fabio Quartararo, the young Frenchman heads to Czech Republic high in confidence with two victories under his belt (as well as two pole positions). His Yamaha YZR-M1 will definitely be the one to beat, but rest assured that Franco Morbidelli will be there to fight for the win after suffering an engine failure in the last race.The month of August will probably be the most crucial point of the 2020 MotoGP championship as riders and teams will compete in three back-to-back rounds at Automotodrom Brno and Red Bull Ring – Spielberg. Defending champion, Marc Marquez, will be sitting out this weekend and possibly two more races after going through a second operation on his broken arm.According to Fabio Quartararo, “Brno is a track that I really like. We know from last year that we can be fast there and that we have the performance, even if it is not the best place for our bike. There are a lot of great corners that make up the circuit but the last corner is one of the best. You have to go in with a lot of corner speed but also prepare to take the perfect line for the straight. It’s great to be going there after taking two wins and we’re looking at fighting for the podium this weekend.”As for Franco Morbidelli, “My expectations for Brno are high, especially as it’s a circuit that I really like. In fact, I think it’s one of the best on the calendar! It’s a very old-style track as it’s long, wide, technical and fast. Looking at the level that we had in Jerez, we are expecting good things this weekend. I’ve also had some good results there in the past. Of course, this year we’ve got to be better and improve our record there. I think we will have some good battles and I’m looking forward to going there, with the aim of finishing in the top-five.”MotoGP: Marc Marquez out, Stefan Bradl in–Ads–
Mixed reactions have trailed the decision of Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr to exclude Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho and Rotherham United’s Semi Ajayi from the final list of players to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.While some fans believed the decision to drop both players was a good one, many felt Iheanacho should have been given another chance to prove himself despite his poor form for Leicester City last season.Ace sports broadcaster Godwin Enakhena tweeted, “Who will now lead praise and worship in the Super Eagles now that Iheanacho is not going to the Nations Cup?”According to Favour Afolayan, who claimed not to know much about Ajayi, the Eagles coach decided to go to the AFCON with his best hands.“Well, for Iheanacho, you always want to go to war with your best men, Leicester had him for over 38 weeks and couldn’t trust him, that’s more than enough proof,” Afolayan, a web designer said.“Iheanacho does not deserve the invitation in the first place, he was far below average in the just-concluded EPL season with Leicester city,” Edache Abutu added.His view was also corroborated by Ayobami Oluyemi, who said, “It’s good that Iheanacho was dropped from the team. In recent times, he’s been unable to prove himself worthy of being a member of the Eagles.”
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 NAGOYA – Daisuke Takahashi got off to a strong start in his bid to defend his men’s singles title by taking the lead ahead of rival Nobunari Oda after the short program at the Figure Skating National Championships on Wednesday.Takahashi, who produced the best-ever finish by a Japanese men’s figure skater at a Grand Prix Final in placing second in Russia earlier this month, nailed a triple axel in a near flawless skate to collected 85.55 points at Nagoya Sports Complex’s Rainbow Hall in Nagoya. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES “I could skate without any major errors,” Takahashi said. “I have landed a quadruple toe loop in the free skate in the last two events and I hope to do that and deliver a perfect performance.Skate America champion Oda was awarded 81.75 points for second while Yasuharu Nanri was third, while last season’s junior world champion, Takahiko Kozuka, finished fifth.Takahashi edged out Oda in a twist of fate brought about by a judging mistake at last year’s nationals.But Oda, however, was confident he could come from behind to win despite being nearly four points adrift heading into the free skate.“It was good that I was able to make clean jumps but my axis could have been better,” Oda said. “Still, if I perform solidly in the free program I think I can definitely win,” added Oda.Nozomi Watanabe and Akiyuki Kido, who are aiming for their fourth straight national title in the ice dance competition, lead after amassing a solid 28.97 points.Headline-grabbing star Mao Asada, who also had to settle for second at the Grand Prix Final, Miki Ando and Fumie Suguri will be the focus of attention when the women’s short program gets under way on Thursday.The meet doubles as a qualifier for the 2007 World Championships in Tokyo in March.
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY – Japanese champion Akifumi Shimoda was stunned by American challenger Rico Ramos in the seventh round Saturday, suffering a knockout that cause him to fail in his first defense of the WBA super bantamweight title.The 26-year-old Shimoda was attempting to defend the WBA crown he wrested from Retsuri Lee on Jan. 31. He was making a bid to become only the third Japanese champion to defend a title overseas. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Although trailing on the judges’ cards, the undefeated Ramos landed a devastating left hook to the temple after 2 minutes, 46 seconds of the seventh that sent Shimoda crumbling to the canvas.“I think I got a little flustered. I was thinking too much about this being my opponent’s backyard,” said Shimoda. “I should’ve been more composed. It’s really disappointing. I’d like another shot if possible.”Shimoda, who controlled the pace wracking up points on body blows through the first six rounds, slipped to 23-3, including 10 knockouts, with one draw, while Ramos improved to 20-0 (11 KOs).“The first five rounds he was frustrating me, and I knew I couldn’t allow that to happen,” said Ramos. “I wasn’t looking for a knockout. I just knew I had to move forward and carry the fight.” American challenger Rico Ramos delivers a crushing left hook to the temple of Japanese champion Akifumi Shimoda, who was defending his WBA super bantamweight title for the first time. | KYODO PHOTO
RELATED PHOTOS Lake Biwa Marathon Satoru Sasaki was second with a mark of 2:09:47 in the race that is serving as one of three qualifying events for Japan’s team at this year’s Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Kipruto was third in 2:09:54, while Yuki Kawauchi finished fourth in 2:10:38.A three-way battle ensued with Sasaki, Worku and Kipruto after the 30-km point, but Sasaki slowed his pace with 5 km remaining. He held off Kipruto but was unable to reel in Worku.The other two Asian Games qualifiers were December’s Fukuoka International Marathon and last month’s Tokyo Marathon. Two runners who finish in the top three in those races will earn a spot on the team for Incheon. Kawauchi was third in Fukuoka, while no Japanese finished in the top three in Tokyo.Victory at the Asian Games guarantees a runner a spot at the 2015 world championships. The top eight Japanese runners at next year’s worlds will get automatic berths at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES OTSU – Ethiopia’s Bazu Worku won Sunday’s Lake Biwa Marathon, denying defending champion Vincent Kipruto of Kenya his second straight title.Worku clocked a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 10 seconds in Japan’s oldest annual marathon, which begins and ends at Ojiyama Stadium. Ahead of the pack: Ethiopia’s Bazu Worku crosses the line at Ojiyama Stadium to win the Lake Biwa Marathon on Sunday. | KYODO KEYWORDS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
Takashi Kurihara’s ultimate dream of playing in the National Football League isn’t over yet.In fact, he feels stronger than ever. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 The Japanese wide receiver tested himself at the inaugural NFL Veteran Combine on March 22 in Arizona. He was one of over 100 free agents invited by the league to participate in the event.“We were told in a meeting on the day before (the combine) that 3,000 to 4,000 applied for this, so we should go all out,” Kurihara told The Japan Times a few days after he returned to Tokyo.Kurihara, 27, got sick and had a high fever a couple of days before the combine, but fortunately recovered from it just in time. He said he gave a nearly perfect performance in front of the assembled coaches, scouts and executives from the various NFL clubs.Kurihara was clocked at 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which he said was the second-fastest time at the combine. The method of timing the dash at the combine was different from that of the college combine, under which he would have had an even quicker time. The combine reportedly used an electronic timing system rather than stop watches.Yahoo Sports’ senior NFL and investigative reporter Charles Robinson suggested on his Twitter account that the times at the Veterans Combine would have been .1 to .2 seconds faster with the college way.Excluding times that were measured with stop watches, Kurihara, who led the IBM Big Blue of Japan’s X League to a runnerup place last season, said it was the fastest 40 time of his career.Kurihara, a Hosei University Tomahawks product, apparently turned a few heads with his skills. He said that he caught every pass but one in one practice session. He was later asked by a Chicago Bears official (he wasn’t sure if the person was a scout or coach) to take a few extra minutes, along with a pair of others, to show what he could do so that the official could get a closer look.“Three of us were asked by him to run from the slot, because we were only required to run outside routes (in the combine),” Kurihara said. “We ran in-and-out routes and out-and-in routes like Wes Welker (of the Denver Broncos) always does. We did that about six, seven times.”The NFL invited some notable names for the combine, and Kurihara’s sharp plays also impressed some of them. He said that he talked to Brady Quinn, a former quarterback for several NFL teams, including the Cleveland Browns, after the combine.“We were done with everything and got on the bus back (to the hotel), and he came to me,” Kurihara said. “He was like, ‘You were great. Where are you playing?’ I think I was standing out that much. Otherwise he wouldn’t talk to me.”Kurihara flew to Los Angeles a week before the combine, but he confessed that he was a little nervous as he hadn’t caught passes from Americans for a while. So he visited San Diego to practice with former UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft, his teammate at IBM.Kurihara said that Craft would throw passes at him at full strength, which he usually doesn’t in games, and was a lion-hearted coach during their practices as he helped Kurihara prepare for the combine.“I kept dropping his passes. It wasn’t enough to catch his passes by just making a pocket with my hands. I had to really seize the ball. That’s not the case with Japanese quarterbacks, though,” Kurihara said. “But it really helped. I was able to follow (the passes at the combine) with my eyes.”Kurihara was accepted for the combine mainly because he had participated in mini camps for the Baltimore Ravens the last two springs. But he was perhaps a different receiver than he was in the past, this time more of a complete, better athlete.Kurihara has also been testing himself outside of football recently.Since late last year, he’s been training with some elite Japanese track athletes, such as Ryota Yamagata (100 meters), Shota Iizuka (200 meters) and Yuzo Kanemaru (400 meters), in an attempt to increase his speed.Through a contact of former star rugby player Daisuke Ohata, Kurihara has also participated in training camps with Japan’s national Rugby Sevens team.Kurihara, who began playing football in high school, thought that he would raise his level as an athlete by working on different sports in the hope of getting a better chance to open the door to the NFL, which hasn’t been done by any Japanese player.He feels his performance at the combine was better than he had done in the past, and not just because of his 40 time.Kurihara said, for example, that he was able to run accurate post corner routes while many others couldn’t.“You have to run at full speed and change direction toward a corner with one step, which they struggled to do, and then they couldn’t catch passes with the right timing from the quarterbacks,” he said. “I was aware of running the routes accordingly with the cones that were put on the field with the shortest distances. I think I was the best in terms of running precise routes.“I don’t know if my rugby training helped or if my track training helped clearly, but I believe that (trying different sports) gave me nothing but help.”At the Ravens mini camps he went to, Kurihara was a total stranger who nothing was expected of, and if he were to get any attention, he would have to prove he could contribute as a special teams player as well. But after a successful performance at the Veteran Combine, he thinks he now could be considered as a wide receiver a bit more too.“That I’d have to contribute on special teams — that hasn’t changed,” Kurihara said. “But at this combine, I was able to show my speed and put up a performance, like my accurate route running, quickness, having good hands, and whether you can catch the ball with your hands, at a higher level.” RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Paying dues: Takashi Kurihara was pleased with his showing at the NFL Veterans Combine last week. | DOME CORPORATION
According to Hilcorp, Hildebrand is not leaving the company, and will be staying on as the executive chairman of the company. Jeffery Hildebrand has handed over the position to the company’s former executive vice president, Greg Lalicker, an announcement that was made to the company in November. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The CEO and founder of Hilcorp has announced that he has stepped down from his position effective in November of 2017. According to state data, in 2017, Hilcorp was Alaska’s third largest oil producer and second largest gas producer. Hilcorp is also pursuing development of the first offshore oil production in federal Arctic waters, the Liberty Project. Hildebrand started the San-Antonio, Texas based company nearly 30 years ago. At this time Hilcorp has yet to comment on the changes except to confirm the transition. Story as aired:
Originally scheduled to occur on Monday, April 15, Tuesday, April 16, and Wednesday, April 17, the Seward Highway closure was postponed nightly until April 29, and 30, from 9pm-3am. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation will be working on the Seward Highway between MP 84 and 86. The road will be completely closed for overnight construction. The road will be completely closed during these times, with no alternate or detour routes available. Plan your trip accordingly. Construction crews are working at MP 89 (Virgin Creek) and 84.1 (Peterson Creek) from 7:30am to 5:30pm, 7 days a week. Drivers should be aware of temporary detours with reduced speeds of 35 MPH.